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Handmade Tile Association Newsletter


13th Year  



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Happy New Year and welcome to the 13th year of the Handmade Tile Association! The newest directory has been printed and is in the process of being mailed. Over 4000 are being sent all across the United States to members, designers, architects, contractors, galleries, museums and all that have requested directories in the past.
Each year the directory continues to improve. One of the main reason is the work of the artists keep submitting more skilled work and better photography. When you receive your copy make sure to send out a notice on your social media you received a copy and you can get one for all of your friends free of charge.
Thank you all for your support of the Handmade Tile Association.
In This Issue
Directories coming your way
Goals for 2012
Website updated check your link
Volunteering opportunity
HTA pays for office rent
Events, shows, new products, art, classes etc!.
Welcome New and Renewing Membership
Spotlight on Artist Schedule
Directories coming your way

5 Hours buttonBy the end of January all artists and advertisers in the 2012 directory will get a minimum of 50 to 100 directories to hand out. Deb LeAir volunteers to come in every year and helps pack up cases to be shipped to everyone. If you need more than 50 don't hesitate to contact the HTA office and Deb will make a box up just for you, all free of charge. Don't be shy we have 10,000 directories to get out and if you run out we will keep sending you more always for free.
Have them available in your studios, arts festivals, galleries, openings, showrooms, your local NKBA, AIA, ASID chapters. Deliver them to clay distribution centers, art centers, tile setters, tile showrooms, gift shops, design centers basically anywhere you know people should be seeing this directory and would utilize it. When you hand out the directories you not only save shipping money for the HTA you give face value to the organization and what we are trying to accomplish. You also become the connection point in your community about handmade tile and mosaics. Those people will remember you and contact you if they have questions. The directories are a great way to start a conversation with designers and potential customers. You are giving them a free beautiful artisan book! People like that. Go forth and DISTRIBUTE!
Goals for 2012
5 Hours buttonEach year the Handmade Tile Association sets a series of goals we try to achieve. This year we are focusing a little more on the HTA's presence at shows and events. We noticed that our booth at the MN Tile Festival did not have strong enough signage to identify us. So we intend on making a series of banners and signs that can be used and sent to other events to promote the organization while we are handing out the directory.

1. Create marketing tools such as banners, signs and literature holders for the HTA to look better and tell who we are at a glance at shows and events that can be used by members and the organization.

1. To continue to build our national presence through sponsorships and awards.

4.  To promote and build the HTA artists memberships events to a national audience.

5. Work with members to create opportunities through events and gallery show to help promote the artists work nationally.  
6. To get the distribution of the directory in all 50 states. (this is big one and it will take many years to achieve)

We hope all of those involved with the HTA will find 2012 to be a successful year and you will keep in contact with the HTA with updates on finished projects, tile events, and opportunities that all tile artists should know about.  Happy New Year!

Website updated check your link

5 Hours button The HTA website has been updated. Lots of new links, new resources, classes, artists and more. Please double check your links work.
Please send us your updates the HTA can promote. Classes, workshops, photos of recently finished projects, events, etc. Just send the HTA the who, what, where, when, and why, cost and a small image we can use and the HTA will post it on the website or social media. Contact
Home and Garden Show and the HTA?
5 Hours button Roger Mayland from North Prairie Tileworks has been looking into having the HTA be present at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show February 29 - March 4, 2012. He is exploring working with the NKBA to share some of their booth space or having the HTA have its own booth.
Roger would like to know artists that would be interested in participating and staffing the show. If so contact Roger at This will be an agenda item at the HTA meeting on January 24th at Bon Ton Designs.


Volunteering opportunity
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At the beginning of each year we need filing for the HTA to be accomplished. We are looking for volunteer to come in and help the HTA get our tax info in order.

Every year advertisers and members have an opportunity to help the organization by volunteering. We ask everyone to give 5 hours a year. Those who do we offer a $100 off your advertising costs in the directory.

If you would like to help please contact
Josh to tell him what you would like to help with.  612-781-6409


HTA pays for office rent

5 Hours buttonFor the past 13 years the Handmade Tile Association has utilized and shared office space with Clay Squared to Infinity.  The HTA  purchases its own paper, envelopes, stamps, file cabinets, ect. But it has never paid for computers, printers, repairs to equipment and rent for office space. As it has grown over the years there is a need for some office space to off-set the costs of operating out of the Clay Square space. One day it is plausible that the HTA will rent its own office and it needs to start preparing in its budget for this concept. The HTA board voted on the proposed motions of a rent fee of $50 per month to be paid to Clay Squared for rent and use of equipment the motion passed unanimously.  
Events, shows, new products, art, classes etc!
Facebook icon and linkWe are looking for more events to post. Please send us your classes and workshops, and gallery shows.

Four times a week the HTA does a Facebook post on the Handmade Tile Association page. We are looking for , members and advertisers who have events or anything they want to publicize, they can send all the info to

The same thing goes for artists chosen for the HTA "Artist of the Month" spotlight. If they connect with me early, I can integrate more of their work and interests in the press release.

Handmade Tile Association Meeting  


January 24th


5 Hours buttonLocation:Bon Ton Designs
1355 Oregon Ave
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Kick off of 2012 Directories.
Direcories are available. Please come and pick up your free stash. If you can RSVP how many you want that would be great.
Discuss goals for 2012
MN Tile Festival pre registration Q & A

Pot Luck Please bring warm yummies!


Time - 6- 8pm


If you are not in the Minnesota region consider creating a meeting of tile and mosaic artists in your area.  The HTA can promote your meeting through this newsletter and on the website, Facebook, and Linked in. It is a great way to learn and promote tile ideas.



Josh Blanc
Handmade Tile Association.LLC
Quick Links check out all the new info
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Classes and Workshop Link

Gallery Show Link

Things to Know About Link
Welcome New and Renewing Membership

Business Members

Gary L. Quirk Studios

Friend mebership

Joanne Sher

Spotlight on Artist Schedule
USA MapSpotlight on artists for 2012.  Please send us any new images, information or news that you would like to be highlighted by the first of your month to the the HTA.

Kuilema Pottery, inc
Inner Piece
Mad Zebra Tile
Minnesota Clay
Kerber Tile
laNeva Artisan Tile
Medicine Bluff Studio
Bon Ton Designs
Chicago Mosaic School
NKBA MN Chapter
Lilywork Ceramic Ornament, LL
Belvedere Art Tile Ltd.
Piazza Art and Design
Clay Borne Co.

Riverrun Center for the Arts
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Sight Line Tile
Tile Council of North America
National Tile Contractors Association

Sheryl Tuorila
SOMI Tileworks
Potek Glass
Laurie McKichan LLC
Christine Nelson Design

Pasadena Craftsman Tile
Earth Wood and Fire
Deb LeAir
Northern Clay Center
Mosaic on a Stick, llc

Margy Jean Balwierz
Untapped Resource Inc.
Suzanne Crane Fine Stoneware
Stephanie Kaczrowski
Dovetail Art & Antiques


North Prarie Tile
weaver tile
Mercury Mosaics
Edina Art Center


Barbara Schmidt
Stone Hollow Tile
Lea-Way Designs, LLC
David Aichinger Tile Co.
American Restoration Tile

Tile Restoration Center
Red Step Studio
Dean Tile
Status Ceramics

Alma Artisan
Pewabic Pottery
La Alameda Press
Thomas Kent Collection
Institute of Mosaic Art

Desert Rise Stone Distr.
Clay Earth Studios
Ceramic Chinn
Hohn and Hohn Inc

Arts and Crafts Logo

Tile Heritage Foundation logo and link

Tile Magazine Link